WHAT IS A FIRST LOOK?
A First Look is a private time before the wedding ceremony in which the bride and groom see each other for the first time.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A FIRST LOOK?
Your photographers will help you orchestrate your First Look. You will have already chosen a place for it to take place, so we will bring the groom to his spot and get him ready. Once the groom and photographer are in place, we will have the bride come out. Typically, the groom is facing away from his bride until she touches his shoulder or tells him to turn around. Both photographers will be in place to capture the moment as it unfolds.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT A FIRST LOOK?
Aside from the extra time a First Look affords us for the bride and groom’s portraits, the First Look is incredibly intimate. My favorite thing about it every single time is the groom’s face when he turns around to see his bride. Because there’s not a room full of guests watching them, both are free to be themselves and react authentically. The moment is just for them.
WHEN DO THEY TYPICALLY TAKE PLACE?
Once the couple finishes getting ready, we will arrange for the First Look to take place. Every couple and wedding timeline is
different, but we recommend scheduling the First Look 1-2 hours before the ceremony begins. Again, this depends on how many photographs the couple wants taken ahead of time, but the more time available, the more relaxed the couple can be.
DOES IT TAKE AWAY FROM THE MOMENT THE BRIDE WALKS DOWN THE AISLE?
No! In our experience, the First Look is a much more intimate setting. It’s common for both the bride and groom to be quite nervous ahead of the ceremony, especially if they haven’t had a chance to connect that day. A First Look gives them a chance to connect in private, to get those nerves settled, and to enjoy being together for photographs before the guests arrive.
WHO IS PRESENT DURING A FIRST LOOK?
The short answer is whoever you want! Some of our couples have had a very private First Look in which only the photographers were present, both shooting from a distance to give them space. Other couples have their parents present to share in that special moment. It’s really up to you who is invited to your First Look.
WHERE DOES THE FIRST LOOK TAKE PLACE?
Most First Looks take place wherever the ceremony is being held. Depending on the season and the venue, couples have chosen to see each other outside, while
others see each other in the church sanctuary. Still others want their portraits taken at a different location, and choose to see each other first, and then travel together to that location. This, too, is up to you!
WHY SHOULD I PLAN A FIRST LOOK?
From your photographer’s perspective, having a First Look allows us as much time as we want for your portraits. When a couple does not have a First Look, all of the portraits–of the couple, the wedding party, and the family–are all crammed in between the ceremony and reception. Typically this means that the rest of your wedding guests arrive at the reception location and wait.
When you choose a First Look, we can get as many portraits finished before the ceremony as you wish. Some couples have opted to have all portraits down ahead of time so the transition from ceremony to reception is seamless. Still others only have their portraits taken, but this still allows for a drastically reduced wait time between ceremony and reception.
I am available to answer all of your questions and personalize your First Look experience within your unique wedding day timeline.